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Collision repairers are being asked to contact their congressional representatives to support passage of House Resolution 5840, which would establish an Office of Insurance Information within the Treasury Department to address differences in insurance regulatory standards among the various states.
Friday, 19 September 2008 14:19

BAR Labor Rate Survey Controversial

The president of the CRA, Lee Amaradio, cautioned automotive repair dealers (ARDs) that voluntarily providing the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) with labor rate information could hurt more than help ARDs to obtain reasonable labor rate payments from insurers.

Farmers Insurance announced that in a plea agreement with the San Jose District Attorney's Office in a criminal prosecution on 17 counts of insurance fraud, Gia Van Tran, owner of Tommy's Auto Body, San Jose, was sentenced to three years prison time for violation of Penal Code section 550(a)(1) (false statements in support of claim for insurance benefits).

Representatives of collision repair associations and insurers told the Department of Insurance (Aug. 26) that labor rate survey data should not be handled by third-party vendors. The department had floated the idea that CCC/Mitchell might be candidates for collecting labor rate data. The responses were provided at a meeting of insures, repairers and department officials.   

Saturday, 23 August 2008 12:09

CAA issues Legislative Alert on CA AB 2825

The California Autobody Association has issued a Legislative Alert requesting all California shops to contact the governor's office in opposition to AB 2825 (Carter). This bill is very similar to one vetoed last year by Governor Schwarzenegger.

Aug 15, 2008 -The Collision Repair Association of California (CRA) announced the addition of two new board members and a new president to help lead the trade group in its third year of fighting for the right of consumers to have their vehicles repaired in a quality manner at reasonable rates.

Monday, 11 August 2008 11:57

Phoenix Area Sees Repairs Increasing

"It's making more financial sense for consumers to repair older vehicles instead of purchasing new ones where they would have to worry about expensive monthly car payments," Lapps said.

When talking about the collision industry’s most influential women, Linda Holcomb more than fits the bill. Born in San Jose, California, Holcomb grew up in the post-war age of liberation for young people. In her zeal to start her working life, she liberated herself from college and went to work for Wilson Sales Co., the largest automotive equipment distribution company in Northern California. During the first two years she spent learning marketing and advertising on the job and became known as the first woman to ever enter the automotive equipment distribution industry.

Saturday, 02 August 2008 11:45

New San Fernando CAA Chapter Launched

The California Autobody Association’s New San Fernando Valley chapter recently swore in their 2008 officers at their June chapter meeting in Van Nuys, CA.
State board representative Chuck Reyes, Alhambra Auto Kraft, swore in the new officers.  The newly activated chapter is dedicated to providing its members information that will be useful to their business by bringing in speakers that are involved in the collision repair industry.

Saturday, 02 August 2008 11:33

911 Collision Opens 5th Shop in Tucson Area

911 Collision Centers has opened its fifth location in the Tucson area at Pusch View Lane and Oracle Roads. Founded in 1998 with headquarters in Tucson,